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Drama of Education Funding Hits Local Stage Friday Night in Elkins Park

White Pines to Host Free One-Night Show Oct. 2

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PA’s school funding crisis will take center stage  this Friday evening at The White Pines Place  in Elkins Park.

The free local dramatic performance of School Play is part of a statewide tour that will include showings in Blue Bell, Erie, St. Marys, Johnstown, Schuylkill Haven, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Reading, State College, Bryn Mawr and Allentown.

The timing of School Play could not be more relevant as the budget standoff in Harrisburg approaches three months, with new funding for education at the top of the agenda. The documentary-based live theatre production from playwrights Arden Kass and Seth Bauer, commissioned by Public Citizens for Children and Youth, uses the real voices of more than 100 Pennsylvanians to dramatize funding inequities among school districts across the state.

“We are putting human faces to this critical issue so people understand why education funding matters,” said playwright Arden Kass. “We want to use the unique abilities of live performance to reach people in a way that’s different from news reports and speeches. By cutting through the numbers and political arguments, we will help discover ways to make things better for our children and communities.”

White Pines founder Ben Lloyd points out, “White Pines is based in Cheltenham Township, which has long prided itself in the excellence of its public schools.  That’s one reason why we are so excited to present School Play at the White Pines Place.  Great public education,” he added, “is the hallmark of great communities.”  The White Pines Place is at 7908 High School Rd. in Elkins Park.

If you can’t make it Friday evening, plan to see this important theatre event on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. at Montgomery County Community College’s Blackbox Theatre, 1313 Morris Road in Blue Bell.

Tickets for the free one-night performances are available at www.pccy.org.  To learn more about School Play or to download production materials, including a full script, visit www.pccy.org/schoolplay.

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  1. Tom McHugh

    I agree 100% with the quote from Ben Lloyd; “…Great public education is the hallmark of great communities.” That wisdom holds true for States and the Nation as well. It sickens me to see the gradual destruction of our once unquestioned public commitment to the great equalizer of an excellent public education for all. If folks don’t want their kids in public school, that does not affect their civic duty to maintain a first class public school system for the good of our children, community and country.

  2. Anthony

    David, have you seen School Play? I did, and you know what? It’s not a partisan production at all. In fact, if anything, I walked away understanding more about what I consider to be the “wrong” view on education than I did before. The play did a really good job of laying out both sides of the story on school funding. I would encourage you to check it out. It’s free, so what do you have to lose?

    • David Berd

      Thanks. I’ll check it out.

  3. David Berd

    So White Pines is an outlet for partisan agit-prop, rather than an artistic theatrical company. Good to know. Those who are interested in supporting the arts should look elsewhere.